Looking Back at Season 1 (X) – The Official Stills (Part 2)

There weren’t many Official Stills of Season 1 that immediately sparked my interest, but it’s fun to look over them again, now that it’s been many months since I’ve seen the episodes for the first time.

I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each Episode; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

Episode 1×06: Wrench (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema, Jace Downs)
We got 11 Official Stills for this episode via SpoilerTV and two more via Getty Images. Most of them feature the cast standing around, looking critically at something. There’s a touch of CSI.

Episode 1×06: Wrench (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: That’s very easy: The one with Mac and Alfred Pena’s daughter Annabelle; curtesy of Still Photographer Guy D’Alema. It looks very heartfelt and genuine. This was also the first Still that actually reminded me of Original MacGyver.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Still no SAK, although it plays a crucial part in one of the MacGyverisms.

Episode 1xo7: Can Opener (Guy D’Alema, Jace Downs)
For this episode, we got 9 Stills via SpoilerTV and 3 more via Getty Images. All but 2 of them feature MacGyver in orange prison garb. Again, no Still of Bozer. But there’s also no Still of Thornton.

Episode 1×07: Can Opener (via Getty Images)

MY FAVORITE: MacGyver being interrogated by El Noche. There’s a sense of danger here. And I like the lighting.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Not that much. We see MacGyver in prison and Jack as a cop and want to know what’s going on. Also, the Original Show had an episode with MacGyver and Jack in prison as well.

Episode 1xo8: Corkscrew (D’Alema, Jace Downs)
The 8th episode gave us 7 Stills via SpoilerTV. Sadly, they’re all from the same scene: The one with Murdoc chasing MacGyver across a junk yard.

Episode 1×08: Corkscrew (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with MacGyver in the junk yard *lol*.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: 6 Stills of MacGyver and 1 of Murdoc. I don’t really mind it that much, but for a TV show that relies so heavily on the team aspect, it’s a bit weird to imply this episode is MacGyver only. Since there was a press release about David Dastmalchian’s casting as Murdoc, his appearance wasn’t a suprise either. (Still no SAK.)

Episode 1xo9: Chisel
The episode granted us 17 Stills via SpoilerTV. Several of them feature Bozer while Riley and Thornton only appear as a side-note. The majority of them show MacGyverisms, which makes it pretty exciting.

Episode 1×09: Chisel (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: I have some difficulties choosing a favorite, actually. I like this one because of the unusual perspective.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The Stills are of a different quality. They’re kind of… milky? I can’t really explain it. There’s also no Still Photographer listed yet on IMDb; maybe they didn’t have one? So many MacGyverisms to show, yet still no SAK.

Episode 1×10: Pliers
We only got 6 Official Stills via SpoilerTV for this episode. They all feature MacGyver teaching or doing science stuff. It feels very Original MacGyver to me and made me forget that “Team Phoenix” won’t be far away.

Episode 1×10: Pliers (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Not much to choose from – it’s either Mac teaching in front of the class or teaching Valerie. But that’s fine. It’s nice to see Mac with a kid being interested in science; especially a young girl. Reminds us a bit of the Ugly-Duckling-Episode, right?

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: So much science, but still no SAK. Also, I don’t really understand why they never have additional Stills with guest stars. Yes, John Heard doesn’t have that much screentime  in this episode but his name and work is well-known. Why not use it for Promo?

 

(More coming soon.)

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MacGyver Reboot Update #17

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on November 25, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

While the reboot is taking a break and airing reruns, cast and crew are working on the mid-season finale. Also, Amy Acker and Tracy Spiridakos are back on set!

via Gabriel Beristain

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will definitely get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

Working towards Christmas Break
As I mentioned before, we don’t see much exclusive stuff anymore from the main cast. They’re busy bees to wrap up the initially ordered episodes before Christmas Break. As Tristin Mays revealed on Twitter, they’re often still filming while the new episodes air and don’t get to see the premiere.

Lucas Till posted more pictures of MacGyver doing bad, bad things like aiming a gun and being friendly with terrorists. Of course, this led to David Dastmalchian pulling out a big gun of his own (ahem, this doesn’t look as R-rated as it sounds). Tristin shared that Episode 9 (Chisel) has been her favorite episode to film so far besides Episode 4 (Wire Cutter).

Justin Hires’ Stand-In Kevin Marshall Pinkney posted a picture of him sitting in a 60’s Volkswagon while working on Episode 12. Guess we just got to see Bozer’s car? Interesting choice!

via Peter Lenkov

On November 14, Just Jared shared paparazzi pictures of Lucas on set. As several crew members (e.g. Cornell Willis or Kait C.) revealed, they were filming in a church on November 21. Thanks to Camera Operator Tiko Pavoni, we got a glimpse at MacGyver’s “back yard”.

Brian Durkin revealed how the writer’s crew tested MacGyver’s escape in Episode 8 (Corkscrew). The script writers also provided the original diagram of the Chinese Lantern Surveillance Drone in Episode 9 (Chisel) and the math equations that Tech Advisor Rhett Allain did to estimate how much paper MacGyver would need to stop a bullet.

On November 11, Lucas’ Mom had visited the set. She shared some pictures on social media. While filming outside on November 14, the set got visited by an elementary class. Learning about TV production directly from cast and crew on set is sure more interesting and memorable than regular class!

via MacGyverWriters

Premieres of Episodes 8 and 9
As expected, Episode 8 (Corkscrew, 7.65 million) got better ratings than the previous episode – although they weren’t as high as I expected (it was the return of beloved Murdoc, after all). Overall, New Murdoc’s first appearance was well received on Twitter and even got praise by Original Murdoc Michael Des Barres.

The most recent Episode 9 (Chisel, 8.12 million) made the third-highest ratings of this season.

Upcoming Episodes
SpoilerTV provided us with a press release for Episode 10 (Pliers – although thanks to the Phoenix Foundation Podcast, that episode will always be “Pilers” to me). Episode 10 will air on December 9 because the show is taking a break and CBS airs reruns on Fridays instead. Tonight, they will show Episode 3 (Awl).

Looking at the surprisingly high ratings from last week, I’m not sure if it’s a wise decision having a break of 3 weeks, now with so many people stating on social media that the episodes are getting better and that they finally started to like the show.

Interviews, Articles and other Promo
On November 16, CBS uploaded some more BtS-pictures; mainly from Episode 7 (Can Opener). They also provided a Survival Guide for Thanksgiving. The CBS Watch! Magazine provided another picture of their photoshoot with Lucas and George for #ManCrushMonday.

via CBS Watch! Magazine

ET Online visited Lucas Till in his Hometown. We got to meet his mom, his younger brother and a high school friend. In an interview with TVLine, Lucas talked about Nikki, Murdoc and his favorite MacGyverism.

The soundbites aren’t new, but in an interview with TV Insider posted on November 25, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov affirmed that he’s still planning on a crossover with Hawaii Five-O.

In case you wondered what had happened to the huge Wall Painting on Hotel Figueroa in LA that was made back in the first promo wave: It got painted over with an ad for Apple’s iPhone.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made several casting calls; e.g. for men who are trained with guns, for business men and women who own expensive luggage, for wedding guests, groomsmen and bridesmaids and for hispanic looking males with upscale wedding guest style attire.

The masks of the Asian General and George Washington were made by Larry Torro. He provided a picture of the president’s mask from Episode 8 on Instagram. I think the masks look very good and I really hope we’ll see more of them, now that Bozer has joined the team.

via Larry Torro

Amy Acker recently revealed at a convention in Asia that she will be back on the show. On November 18, Peter Lenkov posted footage of a scene of Amy’s character Sarah with Jack; confirming that she’s already been filming her scenes. On the same day, Tracy Spiridakos posted a picture on Instagram that confirmed she was also back on set.

Interestingly, Preston James Hillier (who’s played Amy’s boyfriend / fiancé Jeff on Episode 2) also tweeted on that day; saying that he enjoyed to work with Lucas and George again. What’s even more interesting is a comment on that tweet that was later removed (after I pointed out to this person that this tweet might be a spoiler – you’ve been warned!).

The deleted tweet complimented Preston and made a statement about being a proud mother of the groom. We already know that there will be a wedding scene in this season and that they’ve been filming in a church; so I’ll predict that Jack will get his heart broken in the mid-season finale (for now, Preston is listed for Episode 12 on IMDb).

MacGyver Reboot Update #16

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on November 11, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Cast and crew are busy working on more episodes until they get to enjoy a break over Christmas. Also, our favorite villain will come back in today’s episode!

Episode 1×08: Corkscrew (via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

So this is Christmas…
As I mentioned last time, we don’t see much current material anymore from the main cast. Lucas Till posted some pictures of MacGyver doing bad, bad things like stealing money and holding guns. He also shared some new stills and BtS-pictures of Episode 7. Justin Hires posted a nice picture of the male trio.

We also got a throwback to Episode 2 (Metal Saw): SkyDroneCinema just posted a video today of Jack and MacGyver chasing “Julio”.

It looks like they’re filming a Christmas Episode at the moment. First, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted paperclip art snow flakes on November 8. The next day, he shared a picture of Christmas Stockings. Looks like Jack has been a naughty boy!

Lucas Till was also seen on set wearing a pretty warm coat. So far no skis, (fake) snow or hockey sticks, though. I tend to forget that MacGyver is not filming in Vancouver anymore. (It’s also Original MacGyver’s fault that I used to think it snows regularly in California *ahem*.)

via Peter Lenkov

FlyWorx did some more drone work at the end of October. Cornell Willis, “cartier_vision2“, Shannon Helliker and James Grabowski posted several location pictures. Crew and Extras are still very careful not to post any spoilers, though.

Stand-In Mikey Leo granted us a look at the “second team” while Extra Aimee Carrero assures us she’s acting “totally normally” in her scene.

Brian Durkin (who wrote Episode 6) shared visualizations and early drawings of an old school bomb defusal technique called “tape and line”. According to his statements on Twitter, he had many conversations with real bomb defusal technicians while doing research for the script.

Premieres of Episodes 6 and 7
I assumed ratings would rise some more for the Halloween Episode, but I’m not up to date with sport events (especially not sporty events abroad) and didn’t take into account that the world series would have an effect. So, it’s no surprise that ratings for Episode 6 (Wrench, 7.27 million) have been lower than expected (which is a shame because I actually think this episode was the best so far). Nonetheless: The Hashtag #MacGyver has been trending again – as it has for every episode premiere this season.

Episode 1×07: Can Opener (via Raul Colon)

The script writers were live tweeting on November 4 for Episode 7 – this time together with the writers on Hawaii Five-0 who celebrated the release of Episode 150.

Episode 7 (Can Opener, 7.59 million) got better ratings and the numbers might rise again for Episode 8: I assume that many people will tune in for the return of Murdoc – maybe even people that have abandoned the show after the pilot or the first few episodes.

Stills and Press Releases
SpoilerTV provided us with official stills and press releases for Episode 8 (Corkscrew) and 9 (Chisel). Episode 9 will be directed by Brad Tanenbaum (CSI: Las Vegas) who shared a picture of himself on set on October 29. Episode 10 is called “Pliers” and directed by Lee Rose.

Episode 1×09: Chisel (via SpoilerTV)

Sneak Peeks and Previews
We got several sneak and previews for Episode 7; e.g. by Yahoo or by ET Online. Stunt Extra Raul Colon shared a few BtS-pictures of his Laundry-Room-Fight with MacGyver.

Entertainment Weekly brought an exclusive clip of Episode 8, where Bozer meets Murdoc. It fits the short video clip that Peter Lenkov posted a few days earlier with Team MacGyver all dressed up for a mission in an Art Gallery.

Interviews and Articles
CBS Watch! Magazine revealed on October 28 that there will be a feature article including a photoshoot with Lucas Till and George Eads in January.

via CBS Watch! Magazine

On November 2, Peter Lenkov shared an article by TVGuide for Episode 7. TVLine did an interview with David Dastmalchian about his take on Murdoc.

TVInsider spoke with Lucas Till and George Eads. Lucas revealed that he hasn’t reached out to Richard Dean Anderson yet and that he’s a little afraid of what RDA would have to say about the show and his take on the iconic character.

The NY Post did interviews with Lucas and Peter Lenkov. Lenkov revealed that the show will see “a major change” early next year at the Phoenix Foundation: “Fans will probably figure it out because a lot of Easter eggs have been planted.”

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made several casting calls; e.g. for middle school students, for motorized scooters or for Asian men and women with military and gun training experience.

via Arnold Hernandez

It seems like Arnold Hernandez met the guy who is responsible for the paper clip art. Hernandez put Lee Folds to the test and got a paperclip guitar in return. That’s pretty awesome and I really hope we will get some BtS-material or an article about these little props some day.

We already know that both Murdoc and Nikki (Tracy Spiridakos) will show up on Episode 8. On November 4, Justin Hires confirmed our suspicions that he will join Team MacGyver. According to a tweet by Vinnie Jones, he also might come back to “kick some asses”. Looks like someone still holds a grudge.

MacGyver Reboot Update #15

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on October 28, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Seems there might be more updates to write than I had planned since the reboot has been picked up for a full season of 22 episodes!

Episode 1×06: Wrench (via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

Getting ready for more episodes
Cast and crew are still busy bees; producing more episodes than the 13 that they had initially planned to film: On October 17, we got the news that CBS has ordered a full season of 22 episodes.

While I’m not all that happy how the reboot is handling the characters and storylines, I think the full-season pick-up order is a good thing: Now we have the chance that the writers and producers listen to us to make the necessary changes for the rest of the season. We might have the chance to get a reboot that rightfully deserves its title. Also, the show will be picked up in other countries so that many more people get a chance to discover MacGyver – hopefully also the original show and therefore the talented RDA and his creation of a very likeable and humble hero, an awesome theme and some great TV show music along the way.

Working on Episodes 6, 7, 8 and 9
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov shared some tidbits on Instagram; e.g. a look at Episode 5 (Toothpick), Friday Night Editing (probably of Episode 6: Wrench) a First Look at Episode 7 (Can Opener) and Jack and MacGyver climbing a wall.

Episode 1×06: Wrench (via Emerson Brooks)

Episode 6 will reveal some more of MacGyver’s bomb defusal days. Emerson Brooks revealed that wearing a bomb defusal suit in a bright-lit studio in summer for 13 hours isn’t very fun. On October 21, he posted an additional picture of him doing voice-over work. Episode 7 will be set in prison. Many extras have posted prison set pictures during the last few weeks.

Cornell Willis shared a picture of another interesting looking set. Don Mosley revealed that some scenes in an upcoming episode will feature an US Embassy. Lucky Harmon will play an extremist on Episode 9. On October 27, cast and crew were seen filming in Piedmont Park.

According to Stand-In Briana Lamb, fall has come to the MacGyver set. She also posted a BtS picture of the battered rubber duckies that are usually seen in very well condition in MacGyver’s home. I’m still not sure if the duckies are an hommage to MacGyver or to Richard Dean Anderson (who is known to have a special bond with rubber duckies).

Episode 1×05: Toothpick (via Brian Durkin)

We got another example of the script writer’s way of visualization; this time on Episode 5. It’s good to know that you don’t need artistic skills on top of writing skills to write a script; so maybe there’s still hope for me (ahem).

And as Lucas Till revealed: If you’re working hard on set, you deserve a Twitter Break every now and then. (Although, maybe he’s just hiding from the Girl Scouts that visited the set recently.)

Premieres of Episodes 4 and 5
We don’t see much BtS-material anymore from the main cast members. Mostly, they retweet or post stills or trailers for the upcoming episodes. George Eads’ official accounts are still disabled – I guess he wasn’t that fond of social media to begin with, but rather “pressured” into signing up for promotional reasons. Both Lucas Till and Tristin Mays shared a picture of themselves with Elya Baskin, though – he’s the first guest star of the original show and appeared on Episode 4 (Wire Cutter).

Episode 1×04: Wire Cutter (via Lucas Till)

Battlecat Stunts shared a short video and a picture of Episode 5. It’s quite impressive how smooth the “bad guys” drop from a rig onto a narrow train roof. Good thing I’m not a stuntwoman doing stuff like this on a daily basis; because this looks scary.

Ratings had been dropping since the premiere of the Pilot until Episode 4 (Wire Cutter, 7.44 million), but went up again for Episode 5 (Toothpick, 7.95 million). Overall, the ratings hold up for the preferred demographic group. Also, the Hashtag #MacGyver is still trending on Twitter every time an episode airs for the first time.

The previews for Episode 6 seem very action-driven and “Wrench” is the precursor of the well-advertized Halloween Episode of Hawaii 5-0, so it’s possible the ratings will rise some more this Friday.

Stills and Press Releases
SpoilerTV provided us with official stills and press releases for Episode 6 (Wrench) and 7 (Can Opener). Both episodes are directed by Alec Smight who has worked with George Eads before (on CSI: Las Vegas).

Episode 1×07: Can Opener (via SpoilerTV)

Sneak Peeks and Previews
We got several sneak peeks and previews of Episode 5.

The official preview for Episode 6 (that will be deleted like all the other previews on the official YT-Account, sigh) does make me curious, though. There seems to be potential for a storyline that might not be finished in a single episode, for an insight into Mac’s psyche and for a Murdoc-like villain. CBS also provided a sneak peek of one of the explosive stunts.

TVLine shared an exclusive clip of Mac trying to defuse a bomb in Episode 6. This clip needs a huge spoiler alert warning, though and it’s not the first time I wonder why CBS decides to hand out an entire MacGyverism scene.

Since it’s only a few days until Halloween, CBS wants to help us finding an appropriate costume – but you sure don’t have to be MacGyver to come up with this idea on your own…

via Briana Lamb

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made several casting calls; e.g. for US Embassy Personnel, for a photo double and a hand double and for a mother with a 2 or 3-year-old daughter.

Rhett Allain is the Technical Consultant for the reboot. He published an article on October 16, explaining how and why the body-bag-freefall-stunt in Episode 3 (Awl) would work.

I don’t remember if I’ve already mentioned this, but another well-known character name of the original show will pop up in today’s Episode 6: Charlie Robinson from “Countdown” (Season 1), this time played by Emerson Brooks.